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4 places to find ISDA during State Fair

The 2018 Indiana State Fair is just around the corner, and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will be there every day to showcase the importance of Indiana agriculture.

From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., August 3-19, ISDA staff will be at four locations around the fairgrounds to answer questions and provide information on everything from soil conservation to agritourism and Indiana FFA to the Indiana Grown initiative.

Normandy Barn

Normandy Barn: Located on the north side of the fairgrounds, the Normandy Barn will be home to interactive exhibits showcasing the importance of Indiana agriculture to everyday life. Guests will be able to learn about new aspects of agriculture and catch a preview of some of Indiana’s agritourism destinations. Visitors will also be able to use the Augmented Reality Sandbox, which allows people to create colorful topographic maps demonstrating the relationship between soil and water.

FFA Pavilion

Indiana FFA Pavilion: Join the 200,000 fairgoers that visit the 25,000 square foot Indiana FFA Pavilion annually. Here, visitors will be able to play a round of miniature golf, explore the children’s barnyard or shop the Country Market, and children can have fun in the interactive play areas.

Ag Hort Building

Ag Hort Building: Fairgoers will be able to purchase a variety of products at the Indiana Grown Marketplace, and then see a cooking demonstration featuring Indiana Grown products at noon on the Culinary Stage. Visitors will also be able to sample products from members in the building while kids can explore food and agriculture in the creation station area, filled with fun and educational activities.

Pathway to Water Quality

Pathway to Water Quality: Pathway to Water Quality is a realistic watershed demonstration site that shows how conservation at home or on the farm can improve soil health and water quality. The exhibit is managed by the Indiana Conservation Partnership in conjunction with ISDA.


In addition to these locations, ISDA's director and staff are hosting several events, as well as conducting listening sessions with members of Indiana's agricultural community.

To learn more about ISDA at the 2018 Indiana State Fair, please click here.

Indiana Grown creates new trail for local wine enthusiasts

Amidst rolling hills and scenic towns are some of the nation’s best-kept secrets: Indiana’s wineries. 

Indiana Grown teamed up with wineries from across the state to bring local enthusiasts the Indiana Grown Wine TrailWith  more than 30 participating locations, finding the perfect wine is an easy, entertaining and relaxing process.

How does it work?

Download the Indiana Grown Wine Trail map, which can be found on the Indiana Grown website or at the participating vineyards. Each time you visit one of the locations, a stamp will be added to your map. There isn’t a time limit for completion.

Once the trail is completed, you can mail your map to Indiana Grown to receive a free wooden wine stopper:

Indiana State Department of Agriculture
1 North Capitol Avenue, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Why should I participate?

Participating in the trail is an excellent way to support local businesses and meet Indiana winemakers, while enjoying some great Indiana-grown wines. It's also a great opportunity to travel and explore the state.

Despite more than two dozen wineries participating, the trail won’t get old — each location puts its own twist on a variety of wine styles.

Indiana has some of the best, most notable wineries in the nation, and we hope you will consider participating in the Indiana Grown Wine Trail.

Click here or on the image below to download the Indiana Grown Wine Trail map.

Wine Trail


Aug. 10
Hoosier Homestead Award ceremony
Indiana Farm Bureau Building

Aug. 13
Certified Livestock Producer awards luncheon
Indiana Farm Bureau Building

Aug. 15
Diversity in Agriculture Day

Aug. 16
Lt. Governor’s Celebration of Agriculture
Normandy Barn (second floor) 

Aug. 17
Indiana Grown Culinary Competition
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Indiana State Department of Agriculture 
One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 600 
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.232.1362 FAX